Do you have memories that hold you in their grip? Would it make a difference to you if their power could be greatly diminished?

The power of such memories comes from them having a strong emotional charge, as well as physical sensations, thoughts and behavior, all clustered together.

They get activated very easily and rapidly whenever something in the environment reminds us of the remembered event. No doubt that this can be highly overwhelming and distressing. 

Can these memories be changed?

Although it is not possible, or even helpful, to erase them, it is possible to reduce their emotional charge and our reaction to them.

Previously, it was thought that once formed, memories are, sort of, cast in stone.

However, current research confirms that, under certain conditions, memories are malleable and can me modified. This gives a window of opportunity to rewire the neural connections and to alter painful and traumatic memories.

Some therapies that work with memory reconsolidation are:

  • Somatic Experiencing 
  • EMDR
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Sensory-Motor Psychotherapy